Everton ‘want to make £15m January move for Sheffield United striker Iliman Ndiaye – but have to raise the funds first’ as Frank Lampard seeks added firepower with Toffees locked in relegation battle
- Everton are reportedly interested in purchasing Sheffield United’s Iliman Ndiaye
- The Toffees are looking to find £15m in order to bid for the Senegal striker
- The Blues are in crisis sitting with their 2-0 loss to West Ham compounding woes
- Everton are also close to signing Arnaut Danjuma on loan from Villarreal
Everton are reportedly gearing up to make a £15m bid to purchase Sheffield United frontman Iliman Ndiaye but will need to raise the funds first.
The Senegal international has played a crucial part in the Blades’ successful season so far, returning 10 goals and seven assists in 28 games, helping lift the Yorkshire club up to second place in the Championship.
But, according to The Sun, the 22-year-old’s prolific form in the second tier has attracted the eyes of the Everton bosses, who are keen to sign a new striker in a bid to help them avoid relegation this season.
Everton are gearing up to make a £15m bid for Sheffield United striker Iliman Ndiaye
But the club, who are currently locked in a relegation crisis, will need to raise the funds first
Ndiaye would certainly be a fantastic signing for the Toffees, and with Sheffield United also now under a transfer embargo after defaulting on payments to another club, Paul Heckingbottom may be forced to part ways with the striker.
Much of his transfer fee would go into resolving those issues, yet it would be a big loss for Sheffield as they push for promotion to the Premier League.
Ndiye, who featured in the Blades’ 1-0 win against Hull City on Friday night, spent several seasons at Boreham Wood, before joining the Sheffield United academy in 2019 and made his professional debut for the club in 2021 against Leicester City.
Ndiaye (right) has returned 10 goals and seven assists in 28 appearances this season
He also appeared for Senegal at the 2022 World Cup, making three appearances in Qatar
His excellent form in the run up to the 2022 World Cup, also saw him play three games for Senegal during the tournament and he could be a great addition to Lampard’s side who failed to find the back of the net during their disappointing 2-0 loss to West Ham on Saturday.
The Toffees are currently at the peak of a crisis, sitting joint bottom of the Premier League table, with their majority shareholder, Farhad Moshiri, facing large scale fan backlash for the club’s dismal form this season, while big question marks are looming over how long Lampard will remain in charge at the club.
Questions are looming over Frank Lampard’s future as Everton manager amid club crisis
Majority shareholder Farhad Moshiri (right) is also under fire with fans concerned over form
Having not won since October 22, the Blues are struggling to find an end product with their key striker Dominic Calvert-Lewin having been missing for large parts of the season due to injury.
But it seems the Toffees are now also expected to agree a loan deal for Villarreal forward Arnaut Danjuma, who could again be a great catalyst for Lampard’s struggling side.
Everton are reportedly close to agreeing a deal for Villarreal forward Arnaut Danjuma (right)
Yet there is more concern at Goodison Park as the Blues could be about to lose Antony Gordon to Newcastle, with sources suggesting that there is more chance of the Merseyside born forward leaving this January than there were this summer.
Following their loss to West Ham on Saturday, the Everton boss remained resilient amid hard questions on his future at the club.
‘Those things are not my choice,’ he said when asked about his position. ‘It is my job to work, focus and keep my head down.
‘I have confidence in how I want to coach. There’s difficult conditions that I am aware of.
‘I just do my job and talk about what I can affect And that’s the players trying to get the right results.’
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